Pittsburgh Steelers 2015 NFL Draft Primer For All Seven Rounds

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Jan 3, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Shamarko Thomas (29) looks on from the bench against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter in the 2014 AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Heinz Field. The Ravens won 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Getting it right to move forward in 2015:

Round 1 – Kevin Johnson, CB – Wake Forest: The 6-foot, 188-pound senior cornerback ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. He never missed a contest due to injury and started 41 games in his career. The Clarksville, Maryland native allowed just 24 completions in 2014. He collected 44 tackles for the Demon Deacons, and was second team All-ACC in 2014. It is his athleticism and basic cover skills that have scouts and coaches excited at the pro level.

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    Round 2 – Eli Harold, OLB – Virginia: The 6-foot-3, 247-pound junior linebacker ran a 4.60 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. The Virginia Beach, Virginia native led the Cavaliers with 14.5 tackles for a loss in 2014. He had 24 career starts over a productive career. He fires out of his stance and gains ground quickly with his first two steps.

    Alternative Choice – Nate Orchard, DE – Utah

    Round 3 – Alex Carter, CB – Stanford: The 6-foot, 196-pound junior cornerback ran a 4.51 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and a 4.50 at his Pro Day workout. The Ashburn, Virginia native played with a torn labrum during the 2014 season. He was a three-time Honorable Mention All-Pac 12. Carter has good size and is a physical tackler, who sheds the block and attempts to maul the receiver at the point of catch to disrupt the completion.

    Alternative Choice – Doran Grant, CB – Ohio State

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